New Delhi, Dec 7 (PTI) Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyars neech (vile) jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi today is only the latest in a series of ill-timed personal attacks he has made on top BJP leaders, often at the cost of political embarrassment to his party.The diplomat-turned politicians barb came on the last day of campaigning for the first phase of the Gujarat assembly polls, where the ruling BJP faces a spirited challenge from the opposition Congress. The first phase is to be held on Saturday and the second next Thursday.Modi latched on to Aiyars remarks to slam the Congress and present himself as a “victim” of its “anti-poor mindset” as he addressed rallies in Gujarat.Many believe that Aiyars chai-wala barb at Modi during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls helped the then BJP prime ministerial candidate a great deal as he often referred to it in his campaign to highlight his humble background and attack the Congress.He had then claimed that Modi can never become prime minister but could sell tea at a Congress conclave, which was then underway.In 1998, Aiyar, an articulate English speaker and writer and who described himself today as a freelance Congressman had called the then prime minister and BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee nalayak (a pejorative Hindi word loosely translated as incompetent).The backlash followed by his comment forced him to apologise.Even then Aiyar had made a similar defense that he did today; that he did not understand the import of the Hindi word used by him.advertisementThe former union ministers unsavoury remarks gave fresh ammunition to Modi to target Congress. Modi had only recently used Aiyars reference to succession to Mughal kings by their sons to justify Rahul Gandhis impending elevation as Congress president.Aiyar, though, had also said that anybody was free to contest election against Gandhi but Modi seized on his Mughal reference to liken Gandhis elevation to “Aurangzeb raaj”. Aiyar once called terror outfit LeT founder Hafiz Saeed as “Hafiz saab”. He suggested in an interview on a Pakistani TV channel that peace between India and Pakistan can happen only when the Modi government falls and asked the neighbouring country to help topple the BJP dispensation.Even his own party colleague Ajay Maken, then a minister in the UPA government, was not spared of his scorn in 2011 as Aiyar poked fun at him over his letter, saying a “BA pass” from Hansraj college in Delhi cannot use a word like “dichotomous”.Aiyar hit back at Maken, the then sports minister, for accusing him of playing a part in the cost escalation of Commonwealth Games projects and also questioned the authenticity of the letter he had written to the prime minister in which he made the allegations.Aiyar, a former sports minister himself, said Maken was not qualified enough to write such a letter to the prime minister. “… It contains words like dichotomous which I cannot believe that a BA Pass from Hansraj College would know,” he said.PTI KR GSN
Now playing: Watch this: 0 1:59 You decide: Is the app cheesy? Or a gas? (Excuse us.) Baskoro Lanjar Prasetyo/Getty Images They say there’s an app for everything. Now there really is. A new app has now been released called Fartr, and it’s exactly what you’re thinking. The program lets you record, analyze and share your farts. Fartr cuts through the old taboos and calls itself the “official app of the body positive movement.”All you need to do is hold anywhere on the screen and, well, pass gas (preferably away from your loved ones or strangers) to make a recording. Fartr interprets the audio with a special algorithm and analyzes your flatulence based on volume, length, pitch and rhythm. The app will also provide a unique description of the “sound.” Fartr might describe it like a tuba, a flute or “two farts holding hands,” according to the app’s description. The fun doesn’t stop there. Next, you’ll get your Fartr score, which can be shared by way of text, email or social media if you’re particularly proud or competitive. Post a comment Share your voice Tags “At Fartr, we believe flatulence can be beautiful and unique, and we have built an app to capture that,” the company said in a release on Thursday.It’s $2 to take part in this potty humor, but a percentage of the proceeds are donated to causes that support Crohn’s and Colitis research, the release said. Fartr is available on Android and iOS. Get started with animoji on iPhone X Mobile Applications
The Newspaper Owners’ Association of Bangladesh (NOAB) has urged the government not to go for any law that appears as barriers to freedom of expression and freedom of press.NOAB also demanded immediate annulment of the ‘controversial’ section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act due to its ‘widespread misuse’.Demanding withdrawal of all the cases filed under the section against journalists, NOAB said interference in freedom of expression is actually an attack on the newspaper industry.NOAB leaders came up with the demands in a resolution adopted after a meeting held at the Daily Prothom Alo office on Saturday, said a press release on Sunday.The Association expressed concern over the inclusion of similar provision like section 57 in the proposed National Online Mass Media Policy and Digital Act.It urged the government not to take any step that goes against the freedom of expression as guaranteed by the Constitution.NOAB also expressed concern over attacks on journalists in various parts of the country and filing of cases with an intention of harassment.The association urged the government to take effective steps to stop such things.
File Photo Eleven persons were awarded 20 years’ imprisonment each for attempting to kill Awami League president Sheikh Hasina in 1989, reports UNB.Judge of the fourth additional metropolitan sessions judge’s court Md Zahidul Kabir on Sunday delivered the verdict in presence of nine accused out of 12.The court awarded total 20 years’ jail to the eleven persons under two sections (102/B, 307/109) of penal code (10 years each) in a case filed over the attempt on the life of Sheikh Hasina.The eleven convicts are Mizanur Rahman, Khandokar Amirul Islam, Md Shahjahan alias Balu, Gazi Imam Hossain, Zafar Ahmed, Humayun Kabir alias Humayun, Lt Col (retd) Khandaker Abdur Rashid, Sohel alias Freedom Sohel, Golam Sarwar Mamun, Joj Miah and Syed Nazmul Maksud Murad.Of them, one accused – Humayun Kabir alias Kabir – was acquitted of the attempt to murder charge.Three of the convicts — Zafar Ahmed, Humayun Kabir Humayun and retired army officer Khandaker Abdur Rashid — have been on the run.According to the case statement, a group of 10-12 Freedom Party men, led by Kajol and Kabir, fired gunshots and hurled grenades at the Sheikh Hasina’s residence at Road-32 in Dhanmondi area of the capital on 10 August 1989.They left the spot chanting the slogan ‘Farukh-Rashid Jindabad’ (Long live Farukh-Rashid).Zahurul Islam, security guard of the residence, filed two cases in this connection with Dhanmondi police station.Four accused of the cases — Sohel alias Freedom Sohel, Golam Sarwar Mamun, Joj Miah and Syed Nazmul Maksud Murad — are currently in jail and Humayun Kabir, Mizanur Rahman, Khandokar Amirul Islam, Md Shahjahan alias Balu and Gazi Imam Hossain are on bail.
GM QuaderJatiya Party co-chairman GM Quader on Wednesday said its parliamentary party on Thursday will decide its role in the 11th parliament, reports UNB.”Our newly-elected MPs will join Jatiya Party Parliamentary Party meeting tomorrow (Thursday) after taking oath,” he said.GM Quader further said, “The parliamentary party meeting will decide what will be the role of Jatiya Party in parliament considering the interests of the country and the Grand Alliance.”Talking to reporters after a joint meeting of Jatiya Party’s presidium members and newly elected MPs at party chairman’s Banani office, he also said they will talk about the issue with the Grand Alliance after their meeting.”We’re there in the Grand Alliance and contested the election with the alliance partners with identical goals. So, we’ll finlaise all the decisions through discussions.”The JaPa co-chairman said the joint meeting of the party presidium members and new MPs discussed the country’s overall situation and evaluated the political activities.Party secretary general Moshiur Rahman Ranga said they will take some steps to strengthen JaPa further.He also said Jatiya Party Parliamentary Party members will sit with the Grand Alliance to determine the party’s role in parliament.Jatiya Party senor leaders and newly-elected MPs joined the meeting held with GM Quader in the chair.However, party chairman HM Ershad and senior co-chairman Raushon Ershad did not attend the meeting.On Tuesday, Moshiur Rahman Ranga said they would decide on Wednesday whether they would remain as the opposition or the part of government in parliament.